In what is arguably one of the best seasons in recent New Mexico State University baseball history, the 2012 Aggies made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, went 2-0 against the 2012 National Champions, earned seven spots on the 2012 All-WAC teams, earned a share of the 2012 regular-season WAC title and helped head coach Rocky Ward earn win No. 400.
The Aggies finished the year with a 35-24 record and earned a share of the WAC regular season title after going 11-7 in league play. NMSU produced on the field and off the field as five players earned first team All-WAC honors, two earned second team All-WAC honors and six student-athletes earned Academic All-WAC honors.
We pride ourselves on the field and in the classroom, head coach Rocky Ward says. It was an amazing season all around and to see guys take care of business with academics as well makes things that much better.
The Aggies helped coach Ward tally win No. 400 when they defeated CSU Bakersfield 5-3 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif. Ward started his career at NMSU in 1997 and has had four straight 30-plus win seasons (2009-12) and two seasons with 40 or more wins (2003 and 2009). He is No. 1 on the all-time wins list at NMSU, with Jim Kwasny 100 wins behind him in the second spot.
Wards offensive style of play has helped the teams success over the years, and this season was no different as Aggie senior Tanner Waite led the nation in walks per game and tied for the most walks this season with Florida States Sherman Johnson, who also tallied 60 walks. The team finished second nationally in walks with 347, while finishing in the top 10 in six different offensive categories.
NMSUs season ended with an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and two Aggies being drafted in 2012 MLB draft. Senior shortstop Zach Voight and junior catcher Zac Fisher were both drafted by the Chicago White Sox and are the first draftees since 2009.
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